Monday, February 6, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI Champions

Pathetic. Embarrassing. Heartless. These were all words I used to describe the New York Giants after a 23-10 loss to the lowly Washington Redskins to even their record at 7-7. Little did I know that the Giants would take their fans on one of the most incredible runs in the history of professional sports. The Giants won their final two games of the regular season, and then four in a row in the postseason, culminating with a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

This team was never mentioned in the league's elite this season. Regardless of their successes, they were never truly considered to be a Super Bowl contender until they beat the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the playoffs, and even then, they were still huge underdogs against the Green Bay Packers. After beating the Packers, the world started to realize that the Giants really could go all the way. After going to San Francisco and beating the 49ers for the NFC Championship, the Giants headed to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl with all the momentum in the world.

From an outsider's perspective, it seems like this team never lost their focus. In spite of a mid-season four game losing streak, it seems like the Giants held their heads high and kept moving toward their goal. As much as I didn't think the Giants had the ability to even make the playoffs in them, they proved me wrong, and I have never been happier to admit it.

Everybody wrote them off this year, myself included. It matters not. What does matter is that the New York Giants went on one of the most remarkable runs in the history of sports and showed what it truly means to never give up. Call them what you want, whether it be lucky, good, or a combination of the two. I'll call them what they truly are: World Champions.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI

In just a few short hours, the New York Giants and New England Patriots will play in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Indiana. Coming into the game, most of the talk over two weeks has been about injured Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Allthough he is expected to play, an injured Gronkowski is not as effective as he normally would be. I believe this will be the key to the game for the Patriots. If they can find a way to utilize an injured Gronkowski, they will have a good chance to win the game. Another key for the Patriots will be to step up on defense. Rob Ninkovich and Devin McCourty will need to have big games in order to stop the potent Giants offense.

For the Giants, the key to the game will be to get to Tom Brady early and often. If their "NASCAR" defense can break through the Patriots offensive line, it will be a long game for New England. On offense, the Giants should have no problem picking apart a Patriots pass defense that was one of the worst in the NFL this season. The Giants will have to be able to run the ball effectively to keep the Patriots off balance.

In this rematch of Super Bowl XLII, fans are expecting a game that comes down to the wire, much like the last one. I don't think this one will. Prediction: Giants 31, Patriots 17.